My Challenge and Sketch Blog

Creatively Artsy is my CTMH blog and this is my FUN Blog.
Here is where I can use any products and just do my own thing. I started out with just one sketch challenge and now I'm hooked. I wish there were more hours in the day.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

SNSS - Elegant Blessings - SSS-36



Wow, can you believe that tomorrow is New Years Eve already. Where has this year gone. This is a very hard time of the year for me. As a card maker and a Close to my Heart Consultant, we work three months in advance of a season or Holiday. Which means, I should be ready to start making Spring and Easter cards, but I just don't have it in me yet. Christmas/Winter is my favorite card making season. Although you wouldn't know it by the amount of my own personal Christmas cards I got made this year. So, to all of my friends that didn't receive a Christmas card from me this year, Merry Christmas! You will be first on my list next year!!!  *Ü*

Anyway, I have this gorgeous stamp set from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps, called Elegant Blessings. My intentions were to use if for Easter cards, but like I said, my mind isn't there yet. So, I made a Sympathy card. I followed the Sweet Stop Saturday Sketch Challenge for the design of this card. I have to admit, after finishing this card, I am a hair closer to getting into Spring. I forgot how much I enjoy making and using flowers on my cards and I really like how this card turned out. What a gorgeous sketch!

Be sure to stop by on Friday, Saturday & Sunday to see sneak peaks of the  new stamps being released by Sweet 'n Sassy on January 7th. 

Sunday, December 20, 2009

SNSS - Snowman & Trees - SC259(2)



Only 5 days left until Christmas and here I am still playing with sketch challenges instead of finishing my Christmas cards. Yes, this could be one of my Christmas Cards, but my kids are the only ones that get stitched cards. The others go in my etsy shop.

I just may have to join the SCS Monthly Christmas Card challenge for next year since these are my favorite cards to make, but I never seem to get my own finished in time. Actually, every year I send some out that say, "Happy New Year", instead of Merry Christmas. Those are the ones that I get finished right AFTER Christmas. It's my stress free way of sending cards.

I started this card along with the one below for the SCS Sketch challenge #259 this week. I just turned the one 90°.
Unfortunately, the stickles I used on the holly and the lights, and the gold edged ribbon,  just don't show up very well in the picture. It really is pretty in person. I even lightened it with my photo editing program, but when I add it here, it still looks too dark.
I used the "You Light Up My Life" for the snowman, "Christmas Owl Add-ons" for the holly, and "Trees of the Field" for the trees,  from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps. 

The paper is from Basic Grey "Wassil" collection. I just love the colors in this paper. They are my favorites.
The Cardstock and the ink for the trees is New England Ivy from Close to my Heart.
The image is colored with Copic markers and the pearls are colored with Copic Markers to match.

The snow under the snowman is Liquid applique topped with the glass glitter and the snow that is falling is liquid applique applied with a stipple brush.

The stitching is done by hand using matching embroidery floss.

Friday, December 18, 2009

SNSS - You Light Up My Life - SCS259



Wow, can you believe that Christmas is only one week away. I have lots of mixed emotions about that. I hate when it's over because my house looks so bare after New Years, But the stress before is terrible. So many things to get done and so little time. My posts lately are few and far between. I don't even have my own Christmas cards finished yet. I guess some are going to say Happy New Year again this year! *Ü*

So, back to this card. I used Split Coast Stamper's Card Sketch 259 for inspiration. The card was made using the Stamp, "You Light Up My Life," from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps. This was made especially to play along with the challenge with the Sweet 'n Sassy group over at Paper Craft Planet for Digi Day.  
Go on over and play along and get a FREE Digi for doing so. The challenge was to use snowflakes in some way. I think I have this covered.

The snowflake is a combination of a Spellbinder Die and a MS punch.
The papers are from Close to My Heart in Garnet and Twilight.
The image was colored in with Copic Markers.
The stitching around the card was done by hand with Embroidery floss.
The snow around the image was done by using a stipple brush and Liquid applique. The snow under the Snowman is Liquid Applique and Diamond Dust.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

SNSS-Winter Wishes


Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps has so many beautiful winter themed Stamps and Digis. And they're also having a HUGE 70% off sale on discontinuing stamps.

I LOVE sketch challenges and find myself going back to some of the same images over and over again. These happen to be some of my favorite ones.



I also used the requirements from Tuesday's Peach Keen Stamps Challenge 17.
The papers have Stripes and Polka Dots. The Border is done with hand stitching with Embroidery Floss, and the image is the mailbox and Holly.

The images are colored in with Copic Markers.
The DP and Cardstock is from Close to my Heart.
It's hard to see on the picture, but I used Stickles on the holly and berries and Prisma glitter of the white pine sprigs. So, it really sparkles in real life!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Trees of the Field - 4



Here is yet another card made with this fantastic stamp set from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps. This is the Pine tree from "Trees of the Field."
I also used the Christmas Owl Add-Ons for the Holly.

For this I used a sketch from Skipping Stones Design Sketch #1.
This is their first sketch challenge and I'm already looking forward to next week's.

 The DP is Wassil, from Basic Grey. The cardstock, glitter and  Red & Clear Sparkles, are from Close to my Heart
The Ovals & snowflakes are from a Spellbinders dies.

The hand stitching is with embroidery floss.

We're having our first snow storm of the season, my Christmas tree is up and lit, and I have Christmas music playing. So, what's better thing to do them make another Winter card. I had to include some pictures so those of you in the south could get some Christmas Spirit too!!! The house is my daughter's taken from our deck and the other is my driveway.


















Friday, December 4, 2009

Trees of the Field





Well, here is another card I made using the newly released Stamp set "Trees of the Field" from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps This time I used a sketch from Papertake Weekly Challenge, Sketch #29. What a wonderful sketch.

I used the bare tree in another winter scene. I just can't break away from Winter and Christmas just yet. I used liquid applique, un-heated for the snow on the ground and added Diamond Dust Glitter to it for a snowy affect. Then I added a little of the liquid applique to the branches of the tree and some prisma glitter on them and heated it slightly.

The white area behind the image is dry embossed with the cuttlebug snowflake embossing folder.
The snowflake is a Spellbinders die and has a flower shaped crystal in the center.
The DP is Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses and the cardstock is Close to my Heart.
The stitching around the card is done by hand with embroiudery floss.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

SNSS - Trees of the Field - MMSC30


I'm sorry the scan of this card is so bad.  It was a very cloudy, dreary day here and I like taking pictures with natural light. When that didn't work, I scanned it. However, I don't like scans and when glitter is on the card, I like it less.

I hope you all got a chance to see all of the Awesome artwork in the slide show at Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Blog on Tuesday for their new release. If you didn't happen to catch it, go to the link above and check it out.
Here is another card from the Trees of the Field Stamp Set.
For this card, I used a great sketch from Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge #30.

I just turned it 1/4 turn to accommodate the stamps I was using.

The DP is Basic Grey and the CS, and Bigger Brads are from Close to my Heart.

I also used the holly from another Sweet 'n Sassy stamp set called Christmas Owl Add-ons. I guess you can tell this is my favorite stamp in the set. I seem to use it on all on my cards lately.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps December Release


Today is the new December release of two magnificent new stamp sets. Please go the the Sweet 'n Sassy Blog for a slide show of all of the artwork that was created by the Design Team using these two stamp sets.

The set I used is called Trees Of The Field.  It's a silhouette set of six trees and six Verses and sayings. My card highlights only one of the magnificent trees in this set.
$5.00 from each set sold will go to the Anderson Family in honor of their 3 year old son, Henry, whom they lost unexpectedly last month.
I also used the Saturday sketch challenge from the Sweet Shop Challenge Blog. Why not stop on over and play along.

The paper used is K & Co. "Que Sera Sera".
The Cocoa Cardstock, mini brad in flower, ribbon and half pearls are all from  Close to my Heart.
The flower was created with paper punches using the same paper.

The Hand Stitching around the card uses matching Embroidery Floss.